The purpose of the Code is to specify the minimum standards of staffing, accommodation, management, breeding and care required for the physical and behavioural needs of a racing greyhound throughout its life.
The Victorian Government has released a new Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds which is made under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and applies to the keeping of all racing greyhounds registered with Greyhound Racing Victoria. The new Code will commence on 1 January 2020.
- The purpose of this website is to provide updated information on the new Code and to specify the minimum standards of staffing, accommodation, management, breeding and care required for the physical and behavioural needs of a racing greyhound throughout its lifecycle
You can download the new code here.
The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) has advised
that it has printed 2000 bound copies of for participants and stakeholders.
150 copies are being sent to each of GRV’s 13 clubs, and 50 copies to GRV’s head office in Chetwynd
Street West Melbourne, for distribution to participants and stakeholders.
Hard copies of the Code of Practice are available at all Victorian Greyhound Racing Clubs.
Code Welfare Information Sessions
To be confirmed.
Title of Code: Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds April 2018
The Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds (Code) is made under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 and applies to the keeping of all racing greyhounds registered with Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV).
The purpose of the Code is to specify the minimum standards of staffing, accommodation, management, breeding and care required for the physical and behavioral needs of a racing greyhound throughout its lifecycle.
In his 2015 review of the greyhound racing industry, Victoria’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Charles Milne, recommended the development of a new code of practice that sets minimum standards of care and management for greyhounds throughout their life within the sport. This will help meet community expectations regarding animal welfare, which will help secure a sustainable future for greyhound racing in Victoria. For many participants, the new Code will reflect how they already care for their greyhounds and for others, it will help improve management practices and provide clear guidelines for new entrants to the sport.
The Code was developed by the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources with input from other agencies, industry bodies and participants and it’s overseen by the Minister for Agriculture under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, the Victorian legislation that covers the keeping of domestic animals such as dogs and cats. GRV animal welfare officers will be authorised to enforce the Code.
The current Code of Practice for the Operation of Greyhound Establishments
sets basic minimum standards for the operation of greyhound establishments. The minimum standards under the new Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds covers the whole lifecycle of a greyhound from breeding, whelping and rearing through training and racing and retirement to rehoming.
All participants will need to be compliant with the new Code when it comes into force on 1 January 2020. This is with the exception of the requirements relating to facilities, where existing establishments must bring their facilities up to Code standards upon replacement or within an earlier timeframe as determined by GRV if a safety or welfare issue is identified. Until then, participants will continue to operate under the current Code of Practice for the Operation of Greyhound Establishments and all GRV rules.
The cost of compliance with the new Code will vary from participant to participant depending on individual circumstances, property and infrastructure, and the number of dogs in their care. In many respects, some participants may already be operating in compliance with the requirements of the new Code.
This will depend on your veterinarian. The new Code requires your establishment and health management plan to be signed by your veterinarian every three years, and/or each time you update it or change veterinarians.
GRV will provide support and templates for drafting these plans. The economic impact assessment conducted for the new Code estimated that it would take a couple of hours for your veterinarian to read, discuss and sign off your first plan and less time when it’s renewed or updated.
It should be noted that veterinarians do not need to draft the Plan themselves and can approve Establishment and Health Management Plans with protocols that differ from Code requirements.
GRV will work with clubs and key stakeholders to assist participants to meet the Code’s requirements. Further information about how we will do this will be made available on this webpage, through clubs and key stakeholders, on social media and direct contact with participants.